Skid steer loaders can do a tremendous amount of work in the hands of a skilled operator. They can also do a considerable amount of damage and can cause injury if not handled with care and respect. This course shows how to be safe and productive when operating these versatile machines.
- Lesson 1 is an introduction, providing an overview of what is going to be taught.
- Lesson 2—Before trainees can learn how to perform common tasks with a skid steer loader; they must first understand the design features, components and controls of the machine and their function.
- Lesson 3—This lesson discusses the importance of safety and pre-use inspections. It covers personal protective equipment (PPE), the main components that need to be checked as part of a pre-use inspection and how to board the machine safely.
- Lesson 4—This lesson teaches start-up, controls and testing. It covers how to start up the skid steer loader, discusses common warning lamps, and reviews how to test the operator controls and back-up alarm.
- Lesson 5—This lesson will help trainees understand machine operation, the functions of the operator controls, how to travel forward, backward and make turns, and how to understand the capacity of the machine.
- Lesson 6—Here new operators are taught the basics of filling the bucket. This lesson explains how to attach and detach the bucket, how to use the bucket controls of the machine and teaches the basic steps of effectively filling the bucket to capacity.
- Lesson 7—Once the bucket of the machine is loaded, the next task is to carry it and unload it. Here, we cover carrying and dumping loads. Both tasks can be difficult for a new operator if not performed correctly. This lesson also discusses how to identify and react to challenging job site conditions, plus the basics of three common job site tasks - digging or excavating material, backfilling, and back dragging the bucket to level material.
- Lesson 8—This lesson explains a typical procedure to follow at the end of a shift, including how to let the engine cool down properly to prevent damage from hot spots. It goes on to provide guidelines on when and how to refuel the machine.